Pre-K 4 SA http://tpr.org en First Pre-K 4 SA Students Graduate From Program http://tpr.org/post/first-pre-k-4-sa-students-graduate-program <p>The first graduating class from the city's Pre-K 4 SA program have officially been promoted.</p><p>Wednesday morning about 71 students from the South Side Education Center received certificates of completion. The rest of the center's 309 students each received certificates at their own ceremonies over the past week. The city reports that there are 333 students at the North Education center who also graduated.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:59:59 +0000 Ryan Loyd 32858 at http://tpr.org First Pre-K 4 SA Students Graduate From Program First Report On Pre-K 4 SA's First-Year Performance Due In Late Summer http://tpr.org/post/first-report-pre-k-4-sas-first-year-performance-due-late-summer <p>Pre-K 4 SA began with a bang last fall for its inaugural year with Mayor Julián Castro himself greeting children and their parents at the door as they walked in to a new program and a new chapter in San Antonio's history.</p><p>Now that the school year is just about up, it's time to get an idea exactly how the program performed in its first year to see what worked well and what needs improving.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:05:56 +0000 Ryan Loyd 30785 at http://tpr.org First Report On Pre-K 4 SA's First-Year Performance Due In Late Summer Citing Lack Of Participation, South San ISD Opts Out Of Pre-K 4 SA's Second Year http://tpr.org/post/citing-lack-participation-south-san-isd-opts-out-pre-k-4-sas-second-year <p>After two hours of debate, board members of the South San Antonio Independent School District rejected joining the city’s Pre-K 4 SA program.</p><p>South San ISD approved last year’s memorandum of understanding with the city on Pre-K 4 SA but declined to do so this year under the direction of newly hired Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra. The board voted 6-1, with Rose Marie Martinez the lone dissenting vote.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:06:40 +0000 Joey Palacios 30199 at http://tpr.org Citing Lack Of Participation, South San ISD Opts Out Of Pre-K 4 SA's Second Year Pre-K 4 SA Welcomes New Center Directors http://tpr.org/post/pre-k-4-sa-welcomes-new-center-directors <p>As the city prepares for the second year of Pre-K 4 SA, its early childhood measure, two more centers will be opening.</p><p>Christina Reck-Guerra (West Side) and Janice Hammonds (East Side) will guide the new education centers as Pre-K 4 SA expands, bringing the total number of centers to the program's maximum of four.</p><p>Hammonds comes from the Austin Independent School District where's she has served 27 years, most recently as the principal of an early childhood education center.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:44:43 +0000 Ryan Loyd 29460 at http://tpr.org Pre-K 4 SA Welcomes New Center Directors Greg Abbott Visits SA To Discuss Pre-K Plan, Stands Behind Controversial Citation http://tpr.org/post/greg-abbott-visits-sa-discuss-pre-k-plan-stands-behind-controversial-citation <p>Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Gregg Abbott appeared in San Antonio this week to tout his education plan just days after it was released to the public.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The first part of Abbott’s plan includes students in pre-K through the third grade (<a href="http://abbotttownhall.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/EducatingTexansPreKThird.pdf">you can view the full plan here</a>.) </span></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:43:40 +0000 Joey Palacios 29408 at http://tpr.org Greg Abbott Visits SA To Discuss Pre-K Plan, Stands Behind Controversial Citation Mayors Convene In San Antonio To Talk Pre-K, Education http://tpr.org/post/mayors-convene-san-antonio-talk-pre-k-education <p>Four mayors are focusing their time in office on education. Because of that, they're touring each other's cities to learn new ideas.</p><p>Former NBA star, and now the mayor of Sacramento, Kevin Johnson, walked the halls of Pre-K 4 SA's South Side model education center Friday. He told a panel consisting of San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, Pre-K 4 SA CEO Kathy Bruck, and City Manager Sheryl Sculley, that he's jealous of San Antonio.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:43:16 +0000 Ryan Loyd 27893 at http://tpr.org Mayors Convene In San Antonio To Talk Pre-K, Education Mayor Castro Praises Pre-K 4 SA, Announces One Million Pound Challenge For City http://tpr.org/post/mayor-castro-praises-pre-k-4-sa-announces-one-million-pound-challenge-city <p>San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro dove into several main themes during his annual United State of the City address downtown. Among them were health care, education, downtown revitalization and the arts.</p><p>The address was reminiscent of President Obama's State of the Union speech when Castro introduced Tracy Mayon and her four-year-old daughter, Haylee, who is a Pre-K 4 SA student this year.</p><p>The mayor said afterward in a small gathering of press that early childhood education is the issue above all others.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:31:21 +0000 Ryan Loyd 27355 at http://tpr.org Mayor Castro Praises Pre-K 4 SA, Announces One Million Pound Challenge For City Designs Unveiled For East And West Side Pre-K 4 SA Centers http://tpr.org/post/designs-unveiled-east-and-west-side-pre-k-4-sa-centers <p>Pre-K 4 SA is growing by two education centers in the fall. That means construction will soon be underway as the public gets its first look at the new center designs.</p><p>The centers, said CEO Kathy Bruck, are still heaps of dirt. But leaders are giving the first look at the new centers, which will hold up to 350 students when school begins.</p><p>The new centers means that Mayor Julián Castro's vision will be fully operational in the program's second year.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:36:44 +0000 Ryan Loyd 26989 at http://tpr.org Designs Unveiled For East And West Side Pre-K 4 SA Centers Castro & Van De Putte Join Davis In Support Of Pre-K Platform http://tpr.org/post/castro-van-de-putte-join-davis-support-pre-k-platform <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Update (4:40 p.m.): </strong>Mayor Julián Castro and state Sen. Leticia Van De </span>Putte<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> joined Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis in San Antonio to support the rollout of the her pre-K campaign platform.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The three drummed up support from lawmakers, teachers and parents at San Antonio’s Amando </span>Leal<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Middle School.</span></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:47:27 +0000 Ryan Poppe 26659 at http://tpr.org Castro & Van De Putte Join Davis In Support Of Pre-K Platform Mayor Castro Shares Lessons Learned On Pre-K 4 SA At U.S. Conference Of Mayors http://tpr.org/post/mayor-castro-shares-lessons-learned-pre-k-4-sa-us-conference-mayors <p>The 82nd winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors is underway in Washington, D.C. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro traveled to the gathering after being asked to speak about early childhood education and how San Antonio implemented the Pre-K 4 SA initiative.</p><p>Castro spoke during the Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards Luncheon.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 19:42:50 +0000 Ryan Loyd 25525 at http://tpr.org Mayor Castro Shares Lessons Learned On Pre-K 4 SA At U.S. Conference Of Mayors